The Tesco chair John Allan is facing allegations of inappropriate behaviour from four women, according to the Guardian.
The newspaper said that Allan allegedly touched the bottom of a senior member of Tesco staff in June 2022, at the company’s annual general meeting (AGM).
“It is also claimed that he touched the bottom of a member of staff at business lobbying group, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), at its annual dinner in May 2019, when he was the organisation’s president,” the paper reported.
A spokesperson for Allan said the other claims are “simply untrue”.
A spokesperson for Tesco said: “John Allan’s conduct has never been the subject of a complaint during his tenure as chair of Tesco.”
One woman who shared an allegation about Allan said: “Leading a company or challenging its leadership means you have to hold up standards across all areas of governance, including sexual harassment. He fell short of what the role is meant to mean.”
Another said: “It might seem a small thing to some people, but I felt humiliated and undermined by his actions.”